Fatalities

Snow avalanches claim an average of 100 lives in Europe every year. The common goal of all European Avalanche Warning Services is to reduce the loss of lives and damages due to avalanches by providing the society with efficient and effective avalanche forecasting and warning services.

We start recording the number of fatalities on 1 October every year. The figures are based on reports received from EAWS members and their partners. Please let us know if there is any missing data and errors, by sending an e-mail to us.

2021/222020/212019/202018/19

Season 2021/22

Number of people killed in an avalanche:

Total Fatalities: 67

0

died

Andorra

2021-06-11

18

died
2022-05-13

0

died

Czech Rep.

0

died

Finland

2022-03-01

9

died
2022-05-03

4

died
2022-05-05

0

died

Iceland

2021-06-17

8

died
2022-05-20

5

died
2022-04-28

2

died

Poland

2022-02-22

2

died

Romania

2022-04-05

0

died

Slovenia

2021-06-17

3

died

Slovakia

2022-01-21

2

died
2022-04-06

14

died
2022-04-20

0

died

UK

2020-05-29
LocationCountryDateAvalanche Problem 1Avalanche Problem 2Forecasted Regional Danger LevelDeadGroup SizeAvalanche CommentIncident CommentType
2782Roques Blanques-Pic de la DonaSpain2021-11-28 00:00:00Wind-drifted snowNone311"Destructive Avalanche Size of 2.5""Completely buried. Fatal result. Re-analisis of detected problem persistent weak-layer"Mountaineering/Climbing
2781Val d\'Ayas, Gran SommettazItaly2021-11-29 12:05:00Not rated at that time of the year1nullnullnullOff-piste skiing
2857LackenspitzeAustria2021-12-04 13:30:00Wind-drifted snowPersistent weak layer3311null"Eine Gruppe von 11 Personen geht von Tweng auf den Lackenkogel. Es gibt bereits eine Spur. Im aufsteilenden Kessel queren sie links relativ hoch hinein und l\u00f6sen unter der Grubachspitze ein gro\u00dfes Schneebrett aus. Acht der 11 werden mitgerissen, drei davon werden total versch\u00fcttet, zwei davon im Staubereich sehr tief (2.5 m und 4 m). Die drei total versch\u00fctteten Personen sterben. Zwei der Mitgerissenen werden verletzt. Zur Lawine: trockenes Schneebrett, Anriss ca. 30 cm im kammnahen Bereich, im kammfernen Bereich der abgehenden Lawine wurde deutlich mehr Schnee eingeweht, Steilheit: 35 bis 40 Grad, Schwachschicht: frischer Triebschnee der letzten zwei Tage auf dem d\u00fcnnen und schwachen Altschnee (= Altschneeproblem), Ausl\u00f6sung: gro\u00dfe Zusatzbelastung"Backcountry skiing
2783La ThuilleItaly2021-12-07 13:09:00Wind-drifted snow313nullnullBackcountry skiing
2810VenetAustria2021-12-11 12:00:00Wind-drifted snowNone316nullnullOff-piste skiing
2789Suchá dolinaSlovakia2021-12-13 12:20:00Wind-drifted snow224nullnullOff-piste skiing
2785Monte SorbettaItaly2021-12-16 13:04:00Persistent weak layer212nullnullBackcountry skiing
2787ZermattSwitzerland2021-12-17 16:18:0031nullnullnull
2791secteur du Pic de CorneFrance2022-01-12 13:00:00Wind-drifted snowNew snow312nullnullBackcountry skiing
2792Gresovo, Kamenista dolinaSlovakia2022-01-19 14:30:00Wind-drifted snow313nullnullBackcountry skiing
2795ContheySwitzerland2022-01-21 13:00:00215nullnullBackcountry skiing
2849Hotelhang, WendelsteinGermany2022-01-22 11:08:00New snowWind-drifted snow311"Slab or loose snow avalanche, unclear"nullMountaineering/Climbing
2794Kleiner ÖtscherAustria2022-01-23 11:25:00Persistent weak layerWind-drifted snow416nullnull
2797HocheisspitzeGermany2022-01-25 12:58:00Persistent weak layerWet snow212nullnullBackcountry skiing
2808PolandPoland2022-01-29 14:53:00Wind-drifted snow312"Small avalanche""skiers hit rock by head"Off-piste skiing
2809TatraPoland2022-01-29 15:50:00Wind-drifted snow312nullnullBackcountry skiing
2802ScuolSwitzerland2022-02-03 11:00:0041nullnullnull
2801DavosSwitzerland2022-02-03 14:00:0041nullnullnull
2812Fließer BergAustria2022-02-04 12:45:00Persistent weak layerNone356nullnullBackcountry skiing
2903Knödelkopf / Klösterle-StubenAustria2022-02-04 15:50:00Wind-drifted snowGliding snow314nullnullBackcountry skiing
2811BreiteggspitzeAustria2022-02-04 17:00:00Persistent weak layerNone322nullnullBackcountry skiing
2800Val MüstairSwitzerland2022-02-05 12:00:0031nullnullnull
2798SteintalhörnlGermany2022-02-05 12:25:00Wind-drifted snowGliding snow31nullnullnullBackcountry skiing
2796Carosello 3000, LivignoItaly2022-02-05 13:28:00Wind-drifted snowNew snow313nullnullOff-piste skiing
2799GomsSwitzerland2022-02-05 14:30:0031nullnullnull
2813GammerspitzeAustria2022-02-05 17:00:00Persistent weak layer315nullnullBackcountry skiing
2803Saint-Colomban-des-Villards (73130) - Tête de BellardFrance2022-02-07 13:00:00New snowWind-drifted snow32nullnullnullOff-piste skiing
2805EngelbergSwitzerland2022-02-07 16:00:0031nullnullnull
2804Maseben-VilgandItaly2022-02-08 14:05:00Wind-drifted snowPersistent weak layer314nullnullBackcountry skiing
2806Bergün FilisurSwitzerland2022-02-08 15:15:0031nullnullnull
2814SchafseitenspitzeAustria2022-02-13 12:00:00Persistent weak layerNone318nullnullBackcountry skiing
2807SachselnSwitzerland2022-02-17 15:00:0032nullnullnull
2836Montvalezan 73700France2022-02-23 12:00:00Wind-drifted snowWet snow31nullnullnullOff-piste skiing
2825ScuolSwitzerland2022-02-23 14:15:0032nullnullnull
2851Făgăraș Mt, Scara ValleyRomania2022-03-05 16:00:00Wind-drifted snowNew snow422nullnullOff-piste skiing
2873GavarnieFrance2022-03-10 12:00:00Wind-drifted snow312null"Ice climbers.Due to bad conditions, the body was found days later by the rescue team (on the 04\/04\/2022)."Other
2850ÖtscherAustria2022-03-11 11:45:00Persistent weak layer134null"ascending with crampon"Backcountry skiing
2856ErikakslaNorway2022-03-30 17:20:00Persistent weak layerNew snow315"Release on persistant weak layer of facets above crust."nullBackcountry skiing
2874Cap de VaquèiraSpain2022-04-04 13:15:00Wind-drifted snow312"Depth of runout zone: 40-50 cm""Burial depth: surface"Off-piste skiing
2877Saint Christophe en OisansFrance2022-04-05 10:00:00Wet snowGliding snow222nullnullBackcountry skiing
2901GrøtdalstindanNorway2022-04-06 16:23:00Wet snowNew snow314"On a persistent weak layer."nullBackcountry skiing
2876Beretlia, LyngenNorway2022-04-07 14:30:00Persistent weak layerWind-drifted snow339"On a weak layer on facets over crust. Same layer as the fatal avalanche in Lyngen two weeks before (23.03.2022)."nullBackcountry skiing
2878Acceglio- Monte VallonassoItaly2022-04-09 13:48:00Wind-drifted snow214nullnullOff-piste skiing
2879Chamonix-Mont-Blanc(74400)France2022-04-09 18:00:00New snowWind-drifted snow328nullnullOther
2902Westliche KarwendelspitzeGermany2022-04-14 12:44:00Wet snow211nullnullMountaineering/Climbing
2881ValsSwitzerland2022-04-15 14:00:0022nullnullnullBackcountry skiing
2900Ortles - SoldaItaly2022-04-27 14:30:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow222nullnullMountaineering/Climbing
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